Dog-Eared and Dispatched: November 15, 2015
In this week’s Dog-Eared & Dispatched, we look at the power of reading and writing for protest, empowerment, and peace.
Johari Osayi Idusuyi, a 23-year-old writer and student at Lincoln Land Community College, read Claudia Rankin’s Citizen while on camera at a Donald Trump rally. In an interview with Jezebel, Idusuyi describes how she, along with a group of friends, attended the rally with the intent to have an open mind. However, after seeing how “Dump Trump” protesters were treated as the rally started—by Trump as well as a host of supporters—she tuned out and decided to read the book she had with her. According to what she told Jezebel, the other book she was reading, but happened to leave on her nightstand that morning, was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. [New York Times, MobyLives!, Jezebel]
- Neil Gaiman discusses why he doesn’t believe in writer’s block, while other speculative writers open up about how writer’s block is sometimes actually depression.
- Not all writers run, but a disproportionate number seem to, including Haruki Murakami and Joyce Carol Oates—why is that?
- Amazon has released a list of the most highlighted quotes from beloved titles that are available on Kindle, including Pride and Prejudice, The Lord of the Rings, Little Women, and each of the Harry Potters, among others.
- Google Play Books has revealed a new section aimed at reading and organizing digital comics and graphic novels.
- To contrast the stark absence of nerdy black women in both literature and TV, Bitch has featured four short essays from four types of real-life black women nerds.
- Fascination for the variations in the 1963 and 1991 versions of Richard Scarry’s children’s book Best Word Book Ever has been resurrected via a Flickr album highlighting some of the differences, which include a move away from gender role conformity and removing stereotypical depictions of Native Americans.
- An interview with David Shields about the glamour of war.